<![CDATA[MMA RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams Bellator 185 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/20/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/10/20/heather-hardy-vs-kristina-williams-bellator-185-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Heather Hardy and Kristina Williams fight Friday during Bellator 185 at Mohegan Sun Arena. 

Heather Hardy enters this fight with a 1-0 record and has won 100 percent of her fights by knockout. Hardy is fighting in MMA for the second time and is coming off a June win over Alice Yauger. Hardy is a 35-year-old New Yorker who has spent her whole career producing a 20-0 boxing record that includes four knockouts and the WBC International female featherweight title. Hardy hopes to balance MMA and boxing moving forward, which would make her one of the harder workers in the…

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Heather Hardy and Kristina Williams fight Friday during Bellator 185 at Mohegan Sun Arena. 

Heather Hardy enters this fight with a 1-0 record and has won 100 percent of her fights by knockout. Hardy is fighting in MMA for the second time and is coming off a June win over Alice Yauger. Hardy is a 35-year-old New Yorker who has spent her whole career producing a 20-0 boxing record that includes four knockouts and the WBC International female featherweight title. Hardy hopes to balance MMA and boxing moving forward, which would make her one of the harder workers in the sport on the women’s side. As for her MMA career, Hardy got better in her debut as the fight went on, and you could see her get more and more comfortable with her striking. When Hardy lands cleanly, she can be deadly, but the obvious concerns are her ground game and her defense, as she took a ton of leg kicks and struggled to counter at times. This will be Hardy’s first fight in Connecticut. 

Kristina Williams will be making her MMA pro debut with this fight after a 3-0 amateur record. Williams had all three fights this year and is coming off a July victory over Taylor Pace. In her amateur career, Williams had two decisions and one submission. From what little film available, Williams appears to be a striker first who has a lengthy reach and can deliver some accurate blows when she wants to dictate the pace. Williams has mentioned how she’s been working on her ground game, and she showed the ability to limit damage and fight on her back when taken down multiple times against Rachel Young. Obviously we’re going to learn a lot more about Williams in this fight, as there’s not a large enough sample size to fully judge what she’s capable of at this stage of her career. This will be Williams’ first fight outside of her home state of Oklahoma. 

While Williams has shown some raw tools and potential from the limited fights I saw, this feels like another fight to ease Hardy into things as she builds up her MMA resume. Hardy needs to get comfortable in all aspects of MMA and throwing her rookies and fighters who have less experience than her is the perfect way to do it. Williams doesn’t have great takedown defense at this stage and obviously isn’t as polished with her standup as Hardy, who is a well decorated boxer. 

Hardy should win this fight.

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Thu, 21 Sep 2017 03:50:30 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=95106
<![CDATA[Trevor Smith vs. Ramazan Emeev UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/21/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/10/21/trevor-smith-vs-ramazan-emeev-ufc-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Trevor Smith and Ramazan Emeev fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 118 at the Ergo Arena.

Trevor Smith enters this fight with a 15-7 record and has won 60 percent of his fights by submission. Smith has split his last 12 fights and is coming off a May win over Chris Camozzi. Smith is averaging 3.38 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 59 percent. Smith is averaging 1.94 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 34 percent. Smith has been inconsistent the last several years and has a chance to win back-to-back fights for the second time since…

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Trevor Smith and Ramazan Emeev fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 118 at the Ergo Arena.

Trevor Smith enters this fight with a 15-7 record and has won 60 percent of his fights by submission. Smith has split his last 12 fights and is coming off a May win over Chris Camozzi. Smith is averaging 3.38 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 59 percent. Smith is averaging 1.94 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 34 percent. Smith has been inconsistent the last several years and has a chance to win back-to-back fights for the second time since 2011. Smith has a background in Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling, which has helped him earn nine submission victories, but his striking can’t be slept on. Smith can land some haymakers with his weird devilry, and he’s highly accurate with his standup while possessing an effective ground and pound. Smith has a better skill set than his record would indicate, and he’s going to get the fight where he wants it at some point. This will be Smith’s first fight in Poland.

Ramazan Emeev enters this fight with a 15-3 record and has won 47 percent of his fights by submission. Emeev has won his last four fights and is coming off a December win over Anatoly Tokov. Emeev is a 30-year-old Russian who is making his UFC debut after spending most of his fighting career in his backyard. Emeev is a M-1 Global middleweight champion whose only recent loss came in 2014 from Vyacheslav Vasilevsky. Emeev appears to be an accurate striker who has a come forward style and is most comfortable on the canvas where he has seven submission victories. Emeev has a background in Combat Sambo, so he’s clearly a tough fighter who won’t go down easily and is in his comfort zone when it comes to striking and grappling. Emeev has finished six of his last eight opponents with three of those wins being knockouts. This will be Emeev’s fourth fight outside of Russia.

We’re going to learn a lot more about Emeev in this fight considering he’s spent much of his career fighting in his backyard and beating up on guys who aren’t exactly high quality. Smith has been hit or miss the last several years, so who knows what you’re getting with him. However, Smith did have an impressive victory over Camozzi in which he landed numbers quality strikes and produced four takedowns. If that Smith shows up for this fight, he should win. I have to see Emeev prove he’s ready for the big stage before picking him to win a fight like this one.

Give me Smith to get the rare back-to-back victory.

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Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:10:06 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=94464
<![CDATA[Donald Cerrone vs. Darren Till UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/21/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/10/21/donald-cerrone-vs-darren-till-ufc-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Donald Cerrone and Darren Till fight Saturday during UFC 216 at the Ergo Arena.

Donald Cerrone enters this fight with a 32-9 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by submission. Cerrone has won seven of his last 10 fights and is coming off a July loss to Robbie Lawler. Cerrone is averaging 4.23 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 4.79 percent. Cerrone is averaging 1.34 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 37.9 percent. Cerrone is riding a two-fight losing streak right now and his last win was in 2016 against Matt Brown. Cerrone is…

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Donald Cerrone and Darren Till fight Saturday during UFC 216 at the Ergo Arena.

Donald Cerrone enters this fight with a 32-9 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by submission. Cerrone has won seven of his last 10 fights and is coming off a July loss to Robbie Lawler. Cerrone is averaging 4.23 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 4.79 percent. Cerrone is averaging 1.34 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 37.9 percent. Cerrone is riding a two-fight losing streak right now and his last win was in 2016 against Matt Brown. Cerrone is a versatile fighter who is a well decorated kick boxer, highly effective in Muay Thai and is comfortable on the canvas to the point he has 16 career submission victories. There’s not much Cerrone can’t do in the octagon, and he’s won 24 of his 32 fights by some sort of stoppage. Cerrone has finished his last five opponents with his last decision coming in 2015 against Benson Henderson. This will be Cerrone’s first fight in Poland.

Darren Till enters this fight with a 15-0-1 record and has won 60 percent of his fights by knockout. Till has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a September win over Bojan Velickovic. Till is averaging 2.98 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 54 percent. Till is averaging 0.87 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 33.3 percent. Till looks for his third victory of the year, and his only non-victory was a 2015 draw against Nicolas Dalby. Till is also a balanced fighter who relies on Muay Thai, accurate stand up striking and has an effective ground and pound. Two of Till’s four decision victories have come in his last four fights, so he’s proven the endurance is there, but his one-punch knockout potential is what makes him most scary to his opponents. This will be Till’s first fight in Poland.

It’s getting harder and harder to bet against Till at this point. Sure, some can criticize his resume and the lack of true quality names can leave you questioning just how good the 24-year-old is, but victories are victories in this sport, and the kid has looked extremely impressive. His athleticism and awkward stance that allows for him to counter and land a powerful strike makes him extremely dangerous. Yes, Cowboy has the edge in experience and knows a thing or two about Muay Thai as well, but he is getting up there in age and just lost back-to-back fights to two older fighters who don’t have the explosive skill set Till has.

I’m siding with Till to get the victory here.

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Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:08:24 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=94461
<![CDATA[Muhammed Lawal vs. Liam McGeary Bellator 185 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/20/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/10/20/muhammed-lawal-vs-liam-mcgeary-bellator-185-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Muhammed Lawal and Liam McGeary fight Friday during Bellator 185 at Mohegan Sun Arena. 

Muhammed Lawal enters this fight with a 21-6 record and has won 62 percent of his fights by knockout. Lawal has won nine of his last 11 fights and is coming off a March win over Quinton Jackson. Lawal bounced back nicely from his loss to Mirko Cro Cop after controlling three rounds in his heavyweight debut. Lawal is a smart fighter who is a strong striker with a deep wrestling background, which allows him to hold his own wherever the fight ends up. Lawal is highly effective with…

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Muhammed Lawal and Liam McGeary fight Friday during Bellator 185 at Mohegan Sun Arena. 

Muhammed Lawal enters this fight with a 21-6 record and has won 62 percent of his fights by knockout. Lawal has won nine of his last 11 fights and is coming off a March win over Quinton Jackson. Lawal bounced back nicely from his loss to Mirko Cro Cop after controlling three rounds in his heavyweight debut. Lawal is a smart fighter who is a strong striker with a deep wrestling background, which allows him to hold his own wherever the fight ends up. Lawal is highly effective with his takedowns and has a vicious ground and pound attack, and he’s won 13 of his fights by knockout. While he is getting up there in age, Lawal is still an athletic, powerful fighter who is fun to watch and shouldn’t be taken lightly. In 28 total fights, Lawal has never had a fight end in submission. This will be Lawal’s fourth fight in Connecticut. 

Liam McGeary enters this fight with a 12-2 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by knockout. McGeary has split his last four fights and is coming off a May loss to Linton Vassell. McGeary was stopped for the first time in his career and hopes to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time. McGeary is a lengthy fighter who stands at 6’6” and has a verity striking attack due to his massive length. McGeary is an explosive puncher with KO potential, but he also uses his legs well and mixes in powerful knees once in the clinch. McGeary is also polished on the canvas where he has five submission victories, as he can be a nightmare once he gets those legs wrapped around his opponent. McGeary is simply a tough fighter to prepare for due to there not many guys with his build walking around. This will be McGeary’s third fight in Connecticut. 

This is a really intriguing fight and two guys with proven records and solid skill sets. However, Lawal is giving up six inches to McGeary, and that’s a considerable amount and a huge disadvantage. This is a risky fight for Lawal if it goes to the canvas, and McGeary can use his size to his advantage when standing up. The bottom line is that Lawal will be fighting an uphill battle regardless of where this fight ends up. I don’t like this matchup for him. 

I like McGeary to win this fight.

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Wed, 13 Sep 2017 18:28:29 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=94395
<![CDATA[Gegard Mousasi vs. Alexander Shlemenko Bellator 185 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/20/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/10/20/gegard-mousasi-vs-alexander-shlemenko-bellator-185-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Gegard Mousasi and Alexander Shlemenko fight Friday during Bellator 185 at Mohegan Sun Arena. 

Gegard Mousasi enters this fight with a 42-6-2 record and has won 55 percent of his fights by knockout. Mousasi has won his last five fights and is coming off a April win over Chris Weidman. Mousasi makes his Bellator debut after several fights in the UFC and being considered one of the top middleweights on the roster. Mousasi is a balanced fighter who has finished 35 of his 42 victories, but he’s mostly known as a polished striker who has a deep background in kickboxing…

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Gegard Mousasi and Alexander Shlemenko fight Friday during Bellator 185 at Mohegan Sun Arena. 

Gegard Mousasi enters this fight with a 42-6-2 record and has won 55 percent of his fights by knockout. Mousasi has won his last five fights and is coming off a April win over Chris Weidman. Mousasi makes his Bellator debut after several fights in the UFC and being considered one of the top middleweights on the roster. Mousasi is a balanced fighter who has finished 35 of his 42 victories, but he’s mostly known as a polished striker who has a deep background in kickboxing and boxing. Mousasi is extremely dangerous on his feet where he’s won five of his last seven fights by knockout. Mousasi is also athletic and great at gaining position on the canvas where he’s produced 12 submission victories. It’s hard to get comfortable against Mousasi due to his balance and variety to his offensive game. This will be Mousasi’s second fight in Connecticut. 

Alexander Shlemenko enters this fight with a 56-9 record and has won 55 percent of his fights by knockout. Shlemenko has won five straight fights and is coming off a June win over Brandon Halsey. Shlemenko is fighting for the third time this year and hasn’t truly lost a fight since his 2014 bout with Brandon Halsey. Shlemenko is a dangerous fighter due to his ability to fight out of either stance and his constant looking for openings to knockout his opponent. You can never drop your guard against a fighter like Shlemenko, and he has the endurance to be effective throughout the entire fight. While the most effective with his standup, Shlemenko is also a polished grappler and does have nine submission victories, so he’s not pure striking like some would suggest. This will be Shlemenko’s second fight in Connecticut. 

This is a must-watch event between two consistent fighters who have been two of the better middleweights in the entire MMA over the last several years. Both are highly effective standing up with great knockout power, but the difference for me is Mousasi’s ground game and the fact he’d have a considerable advantage if this were to go to the canvas. While Shlemenko can grapple and is well conditioned, he’ll really be tested by a fighter like Mousasi who is comfortable just about anywhere a fight goes. Mousasi also has a size advantage, which opens up angles when striking.

Close and fun fight, but I like Mousasi to win his Bellator debut.

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Wed, 13 Sep 2017 17:25:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=94392
<![CDATA[Walt Harris vs. Mark Godbeer UFC 216 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/7/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/10/07/walt-harris-vs-mark-godbeer-ufc-216-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Walt Harris and Mark Godbeer fight Saturday during UFC 216 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Walt Harris enters this fight with a 10-5 record and has won 100 percent of his fights by knockout. Harris has split his last eight fights and is coming off a June win over Cyril Asker. Harris is averaging 2.93 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 37.8 percent. Harris is averaging zero takedowns with an accuracy percentage of zero percent. Harris will fight for the third time this year and hopes to win three straight fights for the first time since 2012-13. There’s…

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Walt Harris and Mark Godbeer fight Saturday during UFC 216 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Walt Harris enters this fight with a 10-5 record and has won 100 percent of his fights by knockout. Harris has split his last eight fights and is coming off a June win over Cyril Asker. Harris is averaging 2.93 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 37.8 percent. Harris is averaging zero takedowns with an accuracy percentage of zero percent. Harris will fight for the third time this year and hopes to win three straight fights for the first time since 2012-13. There’s no secrets when it comes to Harris, as he’s an athletic, explosive fighter who relies on his striking ability and has won all 10 of his fights by knockout. Harris is a nightmare standing up and he does a lot of his work in the early rounds. However, if an opponent can survive the early onslaught from Harris, they have a really good chance of wearing him down and stealing the fight. This will be Harris’ fourth fight in Las Vegas.

Mark Godbeer enters this fight with a 12-3 record and has won 75 percent of his fights by knockout. Godbeer has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a March win over Daniel Spitz. Godbeer is averaging 5.62 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 54.4 percent. Godbeer is averaging zero takedowns with an accuracy percentage of zero percent. Godbeer bounced back nicely from his loss to Justin Ledet and will fight for the second time this year. Godbeer is also primary a striker who has produced knockouts in five of his last six victories and has won just one fight by decision overall. Godbeer has done majority of his work standing up at the UFC level, but he does have two career submission victories, so there’s a little more to his game than just raw punching power and aggressiveness. This will be Godbeer’s second fight in Las Vegas.

This should be a fun slugfest between two power strikers who do most of their work standing up and have seen a combined four decision between them. This one has stoppage written all over it for the winner. You could make a case for either guy in a matchup like this, but I’m siding with Harris. He’s the bigger fighter between the two and is the more powerful puncher, as he has raw, one-punch KO potential. His three inch height advantage, longer legs and extra 10 pounds will be key in a fight like this one.

Give me the American in this heavyweight bout.

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Wed, 13 Sep 2017 15:23:55 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=94389
<![CDATA[Demetrious Johnson vs Ray Borg 9 September 2017: UFC 215 Preview and Predictions]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/09/09/demetrious-johnson-vs-ray-borg-9-september-2017-ufc-215-preview-and-predictions#comments Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson defends his title against Ray Borg who is currently ranked number 3 in the division. While many believe that Borg isn’t the rightful challenger for the title fight, the fight will still take place and it will be a tough challenge for Johnson to defend his title.

Demetrious Johnson enters the octagon this weekend with a record of 26 wins, 2 losses, and 1 draw. He currently holds the longest title defense with ten successive wins as champion but this is sure to be one of his hardest tests. Johnson is one of the…

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Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson defends his title against Ray Borg who is currently ranked number 3 in the division. While many believe that Borg isn’t the rightful challenger for the title fight, the fight will still take place and it will be a tough challenge for Johnson to defend his title.

Demetrious Johnson enters the octagon this weekend with a record of 26 wins, 2 losses, and 1 draw. He currently holds the longest title defense with ten successive wins as champion but this is sure to be one of his hardest tests. Johnson is one of the fastest fighters on the UFC roster and I think he will be able to use his speed well in this fight.

Ray Borg, on the other hand, will also enter the octagon with only 2 losses which leave his record as 12 wins and 2 losses. The challenger is still relatively new to the UFC but he is has beat some of the best in the flyweight division and now he will be confident as he heads into this fight. Borg fought da Silva and Smolka is his last two fights with both the fights resulting in Ray Borg winning with style. This will give the challenger a lot of confidence as he heads to Edmonton for UFC 215.

While this should be a very close fight, I think Demetrious Johnson will simply be too much for Ray Borg and I think we will be able to extend his title reign come UFC 215. In addition to this, it seems unlikely there will be a knockout or the fight not going to distance due to the complexion of the two fighters so I think Johnson to win by decision is the best bet.

 

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Fri, 01 Sep 2017 06:16:20 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=93105
<![CDATA[Fabricio Werdum vs. Derrick Lewis UFC 216 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/7/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/10/07/fabricio-werdum-vs-derrick-lewis-ufc-216-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Fabricio Werdum and Derrick Lewis fight Saturday during UFC 216 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Fabricio Werdum enters this fight with a 21-7-1 record and has won 48 percent of his fights by submission. Werdum has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off a July loss to Alistair Overeem. Werdum is averaging 3.43 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 50.8 percent. Werdum is averaging 1.64 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 31.2 percent. Werdum will fight for the fourth time since 2016 and hopes to avoid back-to-back losses for the first…

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Fabricio Werdum and Derrick Lewis fight Saturday during UFC 216 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Fabricio Werdum enters this fight with a 21-7-1 record and has won 48 percent of his fights by submission. Werdum has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off a July loss to Alistair Overeem. Werdum is averaging 3.43 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 50.8 percent. Werdum is averaging 1.64 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 31.2 percent. Werdum will fight for the fourth time since 2016 and hopes to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time. Werdum is an accurate striker who has two knockouts in his last six victories, but he’s a heavyweight who is most known for his grappling skills and ground game overall. Werdum has 10 submission vicious and has won countless medals in wresting and the Jiu-Jitsu Championships. Werdum has never been finished on the canvas, and five of his seven losses have come by decisions. This will be Werdum’s third fight in Las Vegas.

Derrick Lewis enters this fight with a 18-5 record and has won 89 percent of his fights by knockout. Lewis has won six of his last seven fights and is coming off a June loss to Mark Hunt. Lewis is averaging 3.2 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 50.9 percent. Lewis is averaging 0.59 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 26.6 percent. Lewis said he was going to retire from the sport the last time we saw him, but that decision was clearly short-lived. Lewis now hopes to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time. It’s no secret what Lewis is capable of and his game plan, as he’s your traditional heavyweight with extreme punching power and a reach of 79 inches. In fact, 14 of Lewis’ last 15 victories have come by knockout, and only four of his fights overall have had a different ending. Lewis is going to go down swinging one way or another. This will be Lewis’ fourth fight in Las Vegas. 

This is going to be a fun fight with Werdum looking to take advantage of his ground game and Lewis hoping to land that one big punch that hurts Vai Cavalo. It’s all about who can dictate the pace and force the opponent to fight his fight. Usually I side with the better ground game in fights like this, but Lewis does have decent takedown defense and he’s the significantly bigger fighter with a longer reach. It’s going to be dangerous for Werdum to come in, as we saw what happened against another power puncher in Stipe Miocic. 

This fight could go either way, and maybe I’m looking too much into Lewis’ power, but I’m leaning the American in this bout.

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Wed, 30 Aug 2017 15:24:12 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=92979
<![CDATA[Paige VanZant vs. Jessica Eye UFC 216 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/7/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/10/07/paige-vanzant-vs-jessica-eye-ufc-216-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Paige VanZant and Jessica Eye fight Saturday during UFC 216 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Paige VanZant enters this fight with a 7-3 record and has won 43 percent of her fights by decision. VanZant has won five of her last seven fights and is coming off a December loss to Michelle Waterson. VanZant is averaging 3.44 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 52.9 percent. VanZant is averaging 1.72 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 38.1 percent. VanZant looks for a bounce back performance after losing two of her last three fights, and she hopes to…

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Paige VanZant and Jessica Eye fight Saturday during UFC 216 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Paige VanZant enters this fight with a 7-3 record and has won 43 percent of her fights by decision. VanZant has won five of her last seven fights and is coming off a December loss to Michelle Waterson. VanZant is averaging 3.44 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 52.9 percent. VanZant is averaging 1.72 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 38.1 percent. VanZant looks for a bounce back performance after losing two of her last three fights, and she hopes to avoid back-to-back loses for the first time. VanZant is a balanced fighter for 23 years old, as she’s very aggressive in the clinch, is a polished grappler and has a strong ground and pound. There’s not much VanZant can’t do in the octagon, but you would like to see her improve her wrestling considering she’s been submitted in two of her last three fights. Either way, VanZant is one of the more intriguing young fighters on the UFC roster with a chance to shoot up the rankings. This will be VanZant’s third fight in Las Vegas.

Jessica Eye enters this fight with a 11-6 record and has won 64 percent of her fights by decision. Eye has lost her last nine fights and is coming off a September loss to Bethe Correia. Eye is averaging 3.52 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 36.7 percent. Eye is averaging 0.16 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 100 percent. Eye is in desperate need of a victory considering her last win was in 2014 against Leslie Smith. The good news for Eye is that each of her last five losses have come by decision, so it’s not like she’s getting put to sleep out here. When in good form, Eye has some of the quickest hands in the sport that allow her to hold her own with anybody in terms of striking, and her last victory was a TKO doctor stoppage. Eye is also good in the clinch and can hold her own on the canvas if needed, but she’s far more effective with her standup. This will be Eye’s third fight in Las Vegas.

A desperate fighter a lot of times has the edge, and it also helps that Eye is far more experienced than the young VanZant. However, picking Eye in her current form against a rising star doesn’t seem like a bright idea. VanZant’s aggressiveness and constant grappling is sure to take Eye out of her comfort zone and even wear down Evil over time. We just haven’t seen enough from Eye over the years to give her a chance to beat somebody as aggressive and balanced as VanZant.

I give 12 Gauge the victory here.

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Wed, 30 Aug 2017 14:56:07 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=92976
<![CDATA[Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham UFC 216 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/7/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/10/07/beneil-dariush-vs-evan-dunham-ufc-216-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Beneil Dariush and Evan Dunham fight Saturday during UFC 216 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Beneil Dariush enters this fight with a 14-3 record and has won 43 percent of his fights by submission. Dariush has won seven of his last nine fights and is coming off a March loss to Edson Barboza. Dariush is averaging 3.83 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 46.3 percent. Dariush is averaging 1.33 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 25.7 percent. Dariush has split his last four fights and hopes to redeem himself after getting knocked out by a brutal…

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Beneil Dariush and Evan Dunham fight Saturday during UFC 216 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Beneil Dariush enters this fight with a 14-3 record and has won 43 percent of his fights by submission. Dariush has won seven of his last nine fights and is coming off a March loss to Edson Barboza. Dariush is averaging 3.83 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 46.3 percent. Dariush is averaging 1.33 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 25.7 percent. Dariush has split his last four fights and hopes to redeem himself after getting knocked out by a brutal knee to the chin. Dariush is a smart fighter who usually doesn’t put himself in danger often, and is a good grappler who has a knack for finishing fights when he gets them to the canvas. Dariush isn’t the most powerful striker in the world, but he’s accurate and showed against James Vick it can’t be underestimated. Dariush is also a well conditioned fighter who has won all five of his career decisions. This will be Dariush’s first fight in Las Vegas.

Evan Dunham enters this fight with a 17-6 record and has won 47 percent of his fights by decision. Dunham has won his last four fights and is coming off a September win over Rick Glenn. Dunham is averaging 5.68 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 39.8 percent. Dunham is averaging 1.91 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 34.6 percent. Dunham hasn’t lost since his 2014 bout with Edson Barboza and has won each of his last four fights by unanimous decision. Dunham is a volume striker who is going to be the aggressor more times than not and it’s helped him win nine of his 12 career decisions. Dunham also has a deep background in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu along with a good takedown defense, so he usually gets the fight where he wants it and forces his opponent to win out of his comfort zone. Dunham also has a great ground and pound, so he’s dangerous wherever the fight ends up. This will be Dunham’s fifth fight in Las Vegas. 

This fight could go either way, but I give the edge to Dariush. He’s the bigger fighter between the two, has never lost back-to-back fights in his career and is the far more accurate and smarter striker. Dunham has more success with his takedowns and could have an advantage in the clinch, but Dariush has proven his worth on the canvas as well and actually has a higher submit percentage.

However this fight ends up, Dariush has to like his chances to leave with a victory.

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Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:16:22 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=92274